Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Backyard oasis

The katydids are singing at night signaling that autumn is on the way, but with the heat we are experiencing in the North Carolina mountains, fall seems very, VERY, far away. In the meantime, we are enjoying every bit of outside time we can in between rain showers. 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

Summer front porch

The only thing I enjoy more than being on the porch first thing in the morning with my cup of coffee, is a quiet breakfast with my husband overlooking the creek.  Because I had my grandmother's antique iron patio set there, we couldn't really use this porch for anything as the furniture was old and slightly rickety. 

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Monday, July 4, 2016

"Fire on the mountain..."

Happy Independence Day! I'm so thankful to live here in America, and so thankful for everyone who has sacrificed to keep this nation, and others free. 

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

2016 Summer Home Tour

I am so happy to have you all here for my summer home tour! I'm excited to be included with 29 other bloggers in a fabulous tour put together by Marty at A Stroll Thru Life. Did you see Linda's tour over at It All started with Paint? I love how she uses color and unexpected patterns so flawlessly. I love bold color as well, so come on in and we'll get started.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Eames lounge and ottoman

I love mid-century anything and have been looking at the Eames chair and ottoman for a while. I know my husband also loves that style, so I thought it would be a nice chair for him to relax in.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mid-century light fixture for the kitchen

I finally found the perfect light fixture to put over my island. I wanted a brass mid-century swag light, and I found it on ebay -- as usual:-) These can be pricey, but I found this one and made an offer of $28, then purchased when the seller countered back at $32, which is a bargain. 

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Succulent Planter Box

I have been without a long box on the dining table since I sold my big one last year, so I decided it was time to do something similar again. 

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Franciscan Ivy on the porch

Last week I mentioned that I had set two tables for a ladies' tea but got no photos, so I recreated both as luncheon tables on the porch using each setting and shared the Noritake Chandova table. Today, I'm sharing the Franciscan Ivy paired with hot pink.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Dining alfresco with the Noritake Chandova

I set two tables last week for a ladies' tea, but because I also entertained, I did not get any photos. So...I decided to set up luncheon tables at home with both settings out on the porch.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Azaleas and rhododendron

It's *that* time of year when the azaleas start blooming. Although, I have several varieties and colors that bloom over the course of several weeks, sometimes everything aligns and most of the azaleas and rhododendron bloom at the same time. 

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Wicker thrift store find

I stopped in at my favorite thrift store last week, and happened upon a great wicker chair.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Kitchen before and after: the huge difference paint and accessories can make

When I put together my spring home tour a couple weeks back, I found some older photos of the kitchen and couldn't believe the difference. I wanted to share so you can see what a huge difference mostly paint and cosmetic changes can make in a space.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Monday, April 4, 2016

Isabelle's Pompano Beach house - then and now

I have shared so much about the property we live on now -- as well as the old house that my dad grew up in here, and I have also mentioned that my grandmother came here from Florida, where her father was a founder of Dade/Palm Beach County, but I have never had many photos to share. She owned several properties that I never got to see, but my mother stumbled across the real estate listing for her "yellow house" in Pompano Beach, and I could not be more excited to get a glimpse into the past. 

Her contractor/builder brother, George Porter, built the house in 1959, then Isabelle bought it as a vacation home. According to my grandfather's diary, they went down around the New Year in 1960 and enjoyed shopping and dining at the area's finest shops and restaurants-- including Miami's famous Fontainebleau. I can just imagine:-)  

This is the only photo I had, and I was very curious to see what it looks like now.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Romantic Country Magazine feature

 After all my excitement two years ago when Anne Gridley and Gary Graves came here to photograph our house, I thought the photos were not going to be published, but I was surprised to see them in the summer edition of Romantic Country Magazine.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Bohemian Chic Spring Home tour

Welcome to the last day of 2016's Spring Home Tours, hosted by the adorable Marty at A Stroll Thru Life!  I'm so excited to be part of the tour this year. If you are coming over from Refresh Restyle, you have already enjoyed Debra's beautifully elegant style.

I'm excited to welcome you to our home, which has taken on more of an eclectic Bohemian vibe in the last year or so.

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Coffee and beautiful cookies for the first day of Spring

I have a friend, Alicia, who is always posting photos of the most gorgeous cookies, so when she offered to let me choose some, I jumped at the chance!

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

9 beautiful spring tablescapes and more

I love pretty tablescapes, and spring certainly gets me in the mood to create a nice table -- especially when it's just warm enough to head out on the porch. Here are some of my favorites to welcome in a fresh new season. 

This vintage Noritake Condoro is perfect for spring with its delicate floral pattern. Paired with colorful glassware and hot pink napkins, it makes a bold and modern statement.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Eclectic winter mantel

Since it's March, I thought I better show y'all my winter mantel before it gets a spring makeover.
For me, everything comes down to finding that perfect element to bring everything together. Yesterday, I remembered the rose paper weight that belonged to my grandmother, and that was the crowning touch for my mantel. 

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

The *BEST* resource for authentic kilim pillows

Back in the fall, I searched the internet over for affordable and quality kilim pillows, then found kilim heaven when I received an email from the Kilim Pillow Store.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Bohemian chic in the winter dining room

I have made a few changes to the dining room for winter and wanted to share the subtle Bohemian Chic vibe this space has taken on. 
It all started with the mid-century painting my dad let me borrow, then I went in search of an affordable kilim to use as a table runner. 

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Monday, February 22, 2016

1970s swag lamp recycle

When I was a child, we had a close family friend build an addition on my parents' house as her summer residence. She had been a New York model in her younger days, and at that time lived in Tampa during the winter, and summered in the mountains of North Carolina. She owned a house in the mountains, but as she got older, she decided it would be better for her to be near my parents. 
She was the coolest lady ever and had great style. She decorated this new addition with 1970s oranges, greens and some pretty cool accessories. I remember every single element, but especially the dining table she had built from a door. After painting the door orange, she had two square pedestals built as the base, which were covered in a floral "mod" fabric. Wicker chairs with cushions from the same fabric surrounded the table. 
Over the table was a green wicker swag lamp. I thought that was pretty cool also and actually took it to my first college apartment after she has passed away. 
After I moved away from home, it was soon relegated to my parents' basement. 

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